noun, plural re·fec·to·ries.
a dining hall in a religious house, a college, or other institution.
Origin of refectory
< Late Latin refectōrium,
equivalent to Latin refec-,
combining form of reficere
to renew (see refect
) + -tōrium -tory2
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Historical Examples of refectory
Raymonde had just escaped for a few minutes from the refectory, where she was on duty.
He would return to the refectory, as if relieved of some great crime.
The bell rang for supper, and they went down to the refectory.
But if his reception in the refectory was chilling, his welcome in the courtyard was warm enough.
Then the bell rang for breakfast, and he went down to the refectory.
British Dictionary definitions for refectory
noun plural -tories
a communal dining hall in a religious, academic, or other institution
Word Origin for refectory
C15: from Late Latin refectōrium, from Latin refectus refreshed
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Word Origin and History for refectory
"dining hall," especially one in a monastery, early 15c., from Medieval Latin refectorium, from past participle stem of reficere "to remake, restore," from re- (see re-) + facere (see factitious).
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